"Luca Spaghetti is not only one of my favorite people in the world, but also a natural-born storyteller. . . . This [is a] marvelous book." -Elizabeth Gilbert When Luca Spaghetti (yes, that's really his name) was asked to show a writer named Elizabeth Gilbert around Rome, he had no idea how his life was about to change. She embraced his Roman ebullience, and Luca in turn became her guardian angel, determined that his city would help Liz out of her funk. Filled with colorful anecdotes about food, language, soccer, daily life in Rome, and Luca's own fish-out-of-water moments as a visitor to the United States-and culminating with the episodes in Liz's bestselling memoir, told from Luca's side of the table-Un Amico Italiano is a book that no fan of Eat, Pray, Love will want to miss.
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"Edoardo Ballerini provides an ebullient, breezy narration of UN AMICO ITALIANO, capturing what one might imagine is the essence of Luca Spaghetti. If that name sounds familiar, it's because he's the Roman tax accountant who took author Elizabeth Gilbert on many a culinary adventure, later chronicled in her bestseller, EAT, PRAY, LOVE. While Ballerini's enthusiastic narration creates a strong image of the vivacious Spaghetti and his Italian warmth, it's evident that Spaghetti is not a writer, and his observations on growing up in Rome, spending time with Gilbert, traveling in the United States, and seeking out his musical idol, James Taylor, are not particularly out of the ordinary. One is left with the impression that Spaghetti is capitalizing on his famous acquaintance. S.E.G. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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